How to Wear a Leather Jacket & Look Stylish

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Sam Huntington looking good in his Soul Revolver Lynch leather jacket with a hoody and jeans


One of the great things about leather jackets is that they're so versatile. Read on to learn how to wear a leather jacket and look great.


The leather jacket has been a staple fashion item for decades. It has the ability to upgrade any outfit, taking it from a respectable, but plain look to a show-stopper. With so many different styles of leather jackets, there are a myriad of ways to look cool in one.

Building your look around a leather jacket is a matter of deciding what style you want to go for. Do you want to look like you just stepped off a motorcycle, but are so put-together that you don't have a hair out of place? Or do you prefer to turn heads in a daring color (like our Antiqued Red) that lets everyone know you're in it to win it? Maybe, a look that appears you just threw on some clothes and a leather jacket giving an effortlessly cool style.

Read on for tips on how to wear a leather jacket to achieve your perfect look.

Biker Badass

The biker look is classic in the world of leather jackets. A black or brown jacket that's a little roughed-up is an awesome way to bring a little rock 'n' roll into your wardrobe. These jackets can come with asymmetric lines, buckles and snaps, extra zippers, or sleek, uninterrupted lines, so pick the one that works best for you.

When it comes to pulling off the biker look, classic is best. A white or black t-shirt and some dark shades over dark denim keeps this look the right side of edgy. Throw on a pair of boots in the same color as your jacket, and you'll rock any room you're in.

Pilot Poise

If you want to go for a style that's a little more vintage, a bomber jacket may be the right choice for you. As with the biker jackets, there are several different styles of bomber, so you can pick the one that best suits your style. The classic mainstay of the bomber jacket is the ribbed cotton cuffs and hem.

Since the bomber jacket originated with military pilots, you'll want to lean into that look. Slim-fitting jeans and military-style boots will pair well with aviator sunglasses. Layer your favorite classic shirt underneath, and you'll be ready to take to the skies.

Casual Cool

A leather jacket is the quickest way to take a classic casual outfit to a new level. Whether you're dressing to visit a store or to go out on the town, this look can have enough elegance and edge to keep you in style. The key, of course, is to pick the right jacket.

For this look, you'll want a minimalistic, subtle style; extra snaps, zips, and patches can get overwhelming. Slim (not skinny) medium shade blue jeans and an untucked v-neck t-shirt goes well with a brown leather jacket. Or try a shirt in a dark colour like blue, grey or even green with black jeans and a black leather jacket for a classy look. Whatever your go-to outfit is, throw a leather jacket over the top and watch the heads turn.

Dressy Dynamism

A good leather jacket has the magic ability to make any outfit cooler. If you don't believe me, check out this celeb rocking a leather jacket over a ballgown. And while the average dressy occasion doesn't usually call for such opulence, it does call for a leather jacket.

Whether it's date night, going to work, a formal wedding or an excuse to get dressed to the nines, adding a leather jacket to your ensemble will take your look from classy to show-stopping. Swap out your suit jacket for a sleek black leather jacket or slip a leather jacket on over your cocktail dress. The little bit of punk-rock vibe will be the perfect accent to your dressy look.

Monochromatic Mood

Some days, we want to live out our hell-for-leather badass fantasies. We've all daydreamed about riding highways in a cool vintage car, a rebel without a cause. Topped off with a leather jacket is an absolute necessity for such occasions, you'll need one as those desert roads can get pretty cold at night. Or if your partner has fallen asleep in the passenger seat, you can throw your leather jacket over them to keep them warm. Hero.

Colorful Charisma

Other days, however, you may be feeling a little less broody and a little more bright. On those days, the perfect accessory is - you guessed it - a colorful leather jacket! Sure, the classic leather jacket palette includes black, brown, and various shades thereof. But a colorful leather jacket can be a great statement piece for any wardrobe.

The trick to pulling off a colored leather jacket is to choose your other pieces carefully. You'll want to go with fairly understated colors all the way around, and you'll want them all to complement each other. So, for instance, you might pair a red leather jacket with dark blue jeans and a black or white t-shirt. But, of course, go crazy if you feel the need and peacock that red leather jacket with a colourful outfit, go with what you love.

Mix & Match

There are as many stylish ways to wear a leather jacket as there are leather jackets. Don't be afraid to mix and match. You may find that the outfit you thought would work least with a leather jacket actually benefits from one the most. Maybe a denim jacket or a hoodie underneath. Or zipped up fully with a scarf wrapped around your neck and chin for those chilly evenings. Lumberjacket shirt, logo tee, shirt and tie, a henley. These are some great looks you can try. If you feel you are looking particularly awesome that day in your Soul Revolver leather jacket then feel free to send us a photo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We would be more than happy to share it on our social media.

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